Gawler Ranges Organ Pipes

30 min to 45 min

1.1 km
return

↑ 42 m
↓ -42 m

Moderate track
Starting from the Organ Pipes car park off Yardea Road, Gawler Ranges National Park, this walk takes you to the Organ Pipes and back via the Organ Pipes Walk. Known for its spectacular rock formations, Gawler Ranges Nation­al Park is home to the mag­nif­i­cent Organ Pipes, formed over 1.5 billion years ago as a result of vol­canic erup­tions, and is rich in Aboriginal and pastoral heritage. The park's weathered landscape, characterised by jutting rhyolite pillars and large granite domes, is teeming with wildlife and pro­tects several rare and endangered plant and ani­mal species, includ­ing crim­son mallee and the yel­low-foot­ed rock-wallaby. This short walk meanders through open euca­lypt wood­land to the Organ Pipes, a stunning nat­ur­al amphithe­atre sur­round­ed by an ancient rhyolite outcrop. The walk begins near the Yandinga and Scrubby Peak campgrounds, which are suitable for tents, car­a­vans, camper vans and camper trailers and have toilets and fire pits. This walk consists of narrow, gently undulating walking trails, with uneven natural surfaces and rocky sections, suitable for average fitness levels. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
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Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start At the intersection of Organ Pipes & Organ Pipes Road (-32.5438296,135.2995297)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Eyre Highway, Minnipa.
  • Turn on to Yardea Road then drive for 145 m
  • Turn left onto McKenzie Road and drive for another 5.8 km
  • Turn left onto Yardea Road and drive for another 28.9 km
  • Turn left and drive for another 1.2 km
  • Continue onto Organ Pipes Road and drive for another 150 m
  • Keep left and drive for another 345 m
  • Turn sharp right and drive for another 140 m
  • Turn left onto Organ Pipes Road and drive for another 3.4 km
  • Continue onto Organ Pipes Road and drive for another 1.5 km
  • Keep left onto Organ Pipes Road and drive for another 530 m
  • Turn slight left onto Organ Pipes Road and drive for another 55 m
  • Turn right onto Organ Pipes Road and drive for another 35 m
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Track Notes
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At the intersection of Organ Pipes & Organ Pipes Road Start heading along Organ Pipes (a walking track).
Organ Pipes (about 9 m back from the start).
After another 580 m come to "Organ Pipes".
Turn around here and retrace the main route for 570 m to get back to the start.
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Gawler Ranges Organ Pipes


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 1.1 km
Time 30 min to 45 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
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